Helping Patients Bounce Back After Joint Replacement Surgery

By Connie Wang, PT, MS

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Patients who are educated about joint replacement surgery and motivated to get back on their feet often have the most positive outcomes. Hip or knee joint replacement surgery patients at Methodist Dallas and Methodist Charlton Medical Centers can do just that by participating in the free Methodist Joint Academy.

Better planning for better recovery. The one-day Joint Academy is designed to bring different members of the clinical team to the patient before surgery. Specialists teach patients about current joint replacement technology, surgery, recovery, therapy, and all the steps in-between. Patients tour the orthopedic floor. They arrange for pre-op testing and express registration. They complete a formal assessment on activities of daily living, which provides a benchmark at discharge and at six months post-surgery. Education and information help manage patients’ expectations and alleviate concerns while preparing them to achieve the best possible outcomes. Patients learn how to become active, confident participants in their care.

Planning for post-surgery. A major component of recovery is what happens when the patient goes home. Assessing a patient’s support system, living arrangements, special needs, and mobility contribute to improved patient outcomes. Identifying the gaps and having a plan helps patients focus on recovery.

Prepared for success. Current concepts in joint replacement technology lead the way for both knee and hip replacement at Methodist. For patients, the latest techniques in joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive anterior hip replacement, mean less time in the hospital, less pain, quicker recovery, and more comfort. For staff, the Joint Academy program was carefully developed to first identify objectives and issues, then to develop processes. The result is a well-coordinated program, which means better teamwork and a positive work environment. Clinical goals and disciplines are consistent, and the staff has clear definition and accountability.

Streamlined care for the days ahead. The Joint Academy means improved teamwork, better outcomes for patients, and a positive work environment. Not sure what that looks like? Take a peek:

  • Collaborative working environment among surgeons, nursing, and ancillary staff
  • Reduced variation between physicians and other caregivers to deliver more consistent, coordinated care
  • Outcomes reviewed every two weeks for process improvement
  • Shared responsibility and accountability
  • Informed patients who are more accountable for their care and whose expectations have been set and properly managed
  • Healthier patient outcomes

The Methodist Joint Academy is one more way we’re creating better days for patients and the people who take care of them. To learn how to brighten your career, visit us at


Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.

© Methodist Health System

Posted Joint Replacement Surgery, Nurses